With the victory, UConn improves to 20-1 all-time against the Mountaineers (10-5, 0-3) as the Huskies have won the last 20 meetings between the two programs. UConn also moves to a perfect 15-0 overall and 2-0 in the BIG EAST this season, while the Huskies extend their regular-season winning streak to 23 consecutive games.
UConn began tonight's game controlling the tempo early, while dominating on both ends of the court to take a quick 23-5 lead just six minutes in as Montgomery hit her second three pointer of the half to give the Huskies the 18-point lead. She led all scorers at the break with 17 points, shooting 6-for-9 from the floor, while adding three assists and two steals.
The Huskies controlled play in the paint throughout the game, out-rebounding West Virginia 43-31, including a 21-11 advantage in the first half. In the first frame the Huskies also picked up 26 points in paint as the Mountaineers scored just eight. West Virginia turned the ball over nine times as the Huskies were able to score 17 points off those mistakes in the first 20 minutes of play.
Despite heading into the locker room at the break down by 17 at 47-30, West Virginia stayed in the game in the first half by making 5-of-8 from behind the arc for 62.5% and cut the Huskies' once 17-point lead to nine (29-20) with 7:16 on the clock. But the Huskies bounced back with a 14-3 run to extend their lead into the second frame.
The Huskies used the second half of the contest to expand their lead to 31, their largest point advantage of the night as they hit that mark on a Tiffany Hayes (Lakeland, Fla.) free throw with 3:52 left in the game.
UConn outscored West Virginia 38-25 in the second half to take away the convincing BIG EAST victory as they shot 47.8% (11-for-23) from the field, including 72.2% (13-for-18) from the free throw line in the half. West Virginia shot 30.3% (10-for-33) from the floor in the half, while getting just six attempts from the charity stripe in the second half.
Maya Moore (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished the game with 16 points as she recorded her 16th straight game in double-figure scoring and the 51st of her career. The sophomore also pulled down 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year.
Hayes contributed with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists as the Huskies shot 53.6% (30-for-56) on the night, while picking up 42 points in the paint.
Junior Tina Charles (Jamaica, N.Y.) and freshman Caroline Doty (Doylestown, Pa.) both added eight points, respectively, as Charles recorded nine rebounds. With her efforts, Charles moves past Kris Lamb into 25th place on the UConn career scoring list with her current total of 1,247.
UConn will return to Storrs, Conn. for the first time in over a month as it plays host to BIG EAST opponent DePaul on Tuesday, Jan. 13 in a 7:30 p.m. (ET) tip.
SCOREBOARD 1st 2nd Final 1/1 Connecticut 47 38 85 West Virginia 30 25 55
- UConn starts a season 15-0 for the second consecutive year and seventh time since 1994-95.
- UConn moves to 20-1 all-time against West Virginia and has won the last 20 meetings.
- UConn opens BIG EAST play 2-0 for the 13th consecutive season.
- UConn improves to 211-83 all-time in games played in the month of January and has won each of its last 17 games played during the calendar's first month.
- UConn extends its regular-season winning streak to 23 consecutive games.
- UConn has won 117 of its last 125 BIG EAST Conference games in the regular season.
- UConn improves to 208-11 when playing as the nation's top ranked team in the Associated Press poll.
- UConn owns a record of 80-9 in road games dating back to Feb. 1, 2001.
- UConn extends its winning steak against non-ranked opponents to 101 straight.
- UConn has won each of its last 51 BIG EAST Conference games in the regular season when playing an opponent other than Rutgers.
- Renee Montgomery's 28 points marked her 13th game with double-figure points this season and the 86th of her career. - Renee Montgomery's 28 points moved her past Swin Cash into 10th place on the UConn career scoring list with her current total of 1,603. - Tina Charles' eight points moved her past Kris Lamb into 25th place on the UConn career scoring list with her current total of 1,247.
- UConn has led at the half in each of its 15 games this season.
- Renee Montgomery's 28 points represented her fifth game with 20 or more points this season and the 18th of her career.
- Renee Montgomery has scored 20 or more points in three of her last four games overall. - Renee Montgomery's 28 points marked her career-best scoring effort against a BIG EAST opponent besting her previous top effort of 27 vs. Cincinnati on Jan. 19, 2008. - Maya Moore's 16 points and 10 rebounds marked her team-leading sixth double-double this season and the 17th of her career.
- Tiffany Hayes' 10 points marked her fifth game with double-figure points this season.
- Renee Montgomery joins Svetlana Abrosimova and Shea Ralph as the only players in UConn history to rank among the program's top-10 in scoring, steals and assists.